“Update: Stakes in the Church,” Ensign, Dec. 1985, 72
The Church gained fifty-three stakes in the first three quarters of 1985, an increase in the number of stakes of more than 3 percent. As the year began, there were 1,507; the Iloilo Philippines Stake, organized from units of the Philippines Cebu Mission on January 20, became number 1,508. By the end of the first quarter of the year, number 1,525 had been organized—the Snow College Utah Stake, on March 24. At the end of the second quarter of the year, number 1,543 had been organized—the Rochester New York Palmyra Stake, created June 30. Stake number 1,560 was the Ft. Macleod Alberta Stake, organized September 29 from the Lethbridge Alberta and Lethbridge Alberta East Stakes.